Joining my Women in YPO (WYN) group in Bejing to share the differences and similarities of doing business in the East and the West was a great experience. We came from different backgrounds, companies, and cultures but we shared the desire to help other women achieve their greatest success in life. Julia Guow and I needed to go all the way to Beijing to find out that we work a mile away from each other in Los Angeles.
There were many inspiring women at this conference. WYN Chair Cynthia Cleveland wrote about Mina Guli’s presentation on global water awareness. Mina is an Australian YPO member living in Beijing.
Mentoring is a passion of mine and I had the opportunity to share my tips with this wonderful group. My points centered around one of my favorite themes.
You Can’t Achieve It If You Can’t Perceive It
Perception is extremely powerful. Our perception is our reality.
At I Have a Dream Foundation – Los Angeles (IHADLA), the underprivileged “Dreamer” students in our program learn to perceive what they can achieve in the world. We take them on field trips to colleges, provide cultural enrichment and bring in dream speakers that share about their careers and how they got there. These experiences allow our Dreamers to perceive possibilities other than the path many in their impoverished neighborhoods take. At the same time we give them training for the SAT’s and arm them with essential tools they need to graduate from high school and get accepted to an institution for post-secondary education. Both education and mentoring are key in giving our students the confidence to succeed. But without perceiving the possibilities, they would never get started.
This concept of altering perception for IHADLA students was very relevant to the topic of the panel I participated in -“Empowering the Next Generation of Female Leaders”.
“East Welcomes West: Women’s Power Summit” was billed as a historic first-of-its-kind summit of East/West YPO-WPO female leaders. “For the first time, East/West YPO-WPO female peers had a unique opportunity to explore similarities and differences in culture, education, family and business practices. This highly interactive two-day summit will connect East/West YPO-WPO female peers as never before.”
Our East Welcomes West WYN trip to Beijing did a lot to illuminate perceptions on both sides.